Friday Focus 22/09/2023 – Solo

I’m flying solo again at the moment as my husband is away on work trips until the beginning of October. On the plus side this week has been a quieter one than usual as Sophie’s dance classes have been cancelled due to the hall being repainted so there’s been less rushing around getting her to activities which has made things a little easier.


The word 'solo' with the propeller of a doodled biplane forming the 'o'


On the down side Thomas is going through a phase of waking at 5.30am so I’m quite thankful for coffee this week! I’m hoping that this will be short-lived and he starts sleeping in for a bit longer again soon!




What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Jessica's butterfly at Girls' Brigade and the butterfly Sophie made next to a wooden carving of Jessica; Sophie at the kitchen counter at church ready for a coffee morning; Sophie and Thomas at church parade; my new pink and blue patterned trainers; a cup of coffee and two almond croissants on a plate; me, Sophie and Thomas snuggled on the sofa; Sophie standing on a football field at the park - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 38"


  • Day 258 – I am grateful for butterflies. Sophie made a beautiful rainbow coloured butterfly at Girls’ Brigade and Jessica’s butterfly has now moved up to the Seniors room at GB.


  • Day 259 – I am grateful for Sophie’s help running the coffee morning at church today.


  • Day 260 – I am grateful that Thomas coped well with his first church parade as an Anchor boy and managed to sit with the rest of the Brigades through the whole service. Seeing him and Sophie together brought back memories of seeing my girls at church parades together. Moments like this are always bittersweet. Jessica would have been proud of her little brother and sister. Wish she could have been at parade with them both.


  • Day 261 – I am grateful for new shoes.


  • Day 262 – I am grateful for moments of me-time.


  • Day 263 – I am grateful for a midweek movie night.


  • Day 264 – I am grateful for watching Sophie having fun with her friends at the park.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie getting a ‘Brainiac’ award at school for “writing a fantastic postcard in humanities” and being “respectful and polite throughout the week”.


  • Thomas making a panda at Boys’ Brigade. He was so proud of it.


Thomas standing in front of a wall holding a panda made of paper plates.


  • Strictly being back on the TV.


  • Sophie having her friend over for a playdate.


  • Doing some tap dancing at rehearsal and realising that despite having done both am-dram and tap dancing for many years, this will be the first time I’ve ever tap danced in a show.


  • Looking at the transcript for last Sunday’s service while putting together the church newsletter so I could include the sermon and noticing that the software had transcribed one line of the Lord’s Prayer as “save us from the time of trial and deliver us from the youth” rather than “save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.” The young people at my church are lovely on the whole but it did make me giggle.


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16 thoughts on “Friday Focus 22/09/2023 – Solo

  1. Ahh! I am glad you have had a quiet week while your husband is working away but uh-oh with Thomas waking earlier. Just keep telling yourself it’s just a phase. Well done to him with his first church parade. Those shoes are fabulous!! x

  2. Hopefully this is just a phase for Thomas. Flying solo has it’s benefits I’m sure but I do know you do miss the company and help. Have a great week ahead.

  3. It must be hard having solo weeks. I must admit I’m secretly happy with after-school clubs getting cancelled and it isn’t down to us. Love the shoes, I can’t quite work out what material they are made of #WotW

    1. It is hard having solo weeks although I do settle into my own routines quite quickly as I’m used to them happening.

  4. phew to having a quieter week with activities.Urgh to the earlier wake ups. Hopefully the phase doesn’t last too long for you.

    1. It was nice to have a quieter week. Thomas is now sleeping in a bit later again, thank goodness!

  5. Hope the sleeping is improving, I remember how those days seem to last forever while you are going through them! Fab shoes and some great achievements from the kids this week. #project365

  6. Well done to Sophie with getting a ‘Brainiac’ award and Thomas looks happy with his panda. Lol at the misprint ‘and deliver us from the youth’

  7. What a fab picture of Sophie helping with the coffee morning. Poor you, that is an early start. I really struggle getting up before 7 am these days and from choice am more of a 9 am kind of girl! What a cute panda Thomas made.

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